Christmas Countdown, Thursday #3

Day 21

Thursday’s theme is Funny Christmas, and when you think of funny song parodies, Al Yankovic probably comes to mind. Over the course of at least four decades, he’s consistently turned out amazing takes on major pop songs, with classics like Fat (Michael Jackon’s Bad) and more recent hits like Tacky (Pharrell Williams’ Happy.) He even has an epic setting of the Star Wars saga to Don McLean’s American Pie called The Saga Begins — featuring a rare appearance by a completely clean-shaven Al.

He doesn’t always parody famous song lyrics, though, and his polka mash-ups are a feature of every one of his concerts and albums. And speaking of mash-ups, that brings us to today’s installment, The Night Santa Went Crazy, which incorporates a few songs into a very dark take on the holiday.

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If you’re tacky and you know it… er, happy…

It feels like we’re finally stepping out of a worldwide nightmare. Oh, we’re not out of the woods yet. COVID still rages in the U.S. and abroad, as does a certain recent election loser who cannot accept reality. Beloved celebrities continue to die, not to mention the toughest blows of all in the losses of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and John Lewis — although he may have gotten his posthumous revenge.

So I’m taking a bit of a breather in my busy schedule, and giving you a little moment that is the perfect combination for the Right Now. The original song is Happy by Pharrell Williams, and I think that describes the mood for all of us on the progressive, positive, right side of history.

But I present in its Al Yankovic parody version, Tacky, which describes the behavior we’ve been seeing from a certain (soon to be former) First Family and their enablers of late.

Bonus fun points: This was shot in one take — or there were very clever editing cheats — in a typical downtown L.A. theatre building, meaning five floors up and, though we don’t see it here, five floors down. The cast is also stuffed with some pretty well-known names and faces.

Enjoy!